Monday, October 16, 2017

Red Rock Canyon

When I was in Vegas, I visited Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and it was so beautiful. The Red Rock area was located under an ocean basin during the Paleozoic Era, about 600 million years ago and about 180 million ago the canyon was formed:


Red Rock Canyon was one of the most spectacular places that I have ever been. It is so beautiful and a place that all would enjoy.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Music Monday: Different Random Stuff

Music Monday: Just some random stuff I have been listening to:

And in remembrance of the great Tom Petty:

Hope everybody has a fantastic week.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bonanza Airlines

While at the Las Vegas Airport I saw an interesting little display on Bonanza Airlines. Bonanza Airlines began life in 1945 and was based in Las Vegas. Bonanza was part of the Civil Aeronautics Authority experiment known as "local service airlines." These were regional airlines assigned to a geographical area of service, as opposed to the national carriers who flew coast to coast. Bonanza served a territory bounded by Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Reno. It became the first all-jet powered airline in the United States in 1960.  In 1967, Pacific Airlines, West Coast Airlines, and Bonanza Air Lines combined to form a new regional airline, Air West. Then it became Republic Airlines. Republic was later purchased by Northwest Airlines, which then merged with Delta Airlines in 2010:

Flight attendants uniform


Bonanza Airlines was an important regional airline and I was glad to learn a little more about them.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Carroll Shelby Heritage Center

Whenever I go to Las Vegas, I am always learning new places to go. On this last trip, I saw a building marked Shelby Heritage Center from the freeway, got off the freeway, turned around and headed there. It was well worth it.

Carroll Shelby was an American automotive designer, racing driver, and entrepreneur. Shelby is best known for his involvement with the AC Cobra and Mustang (later known as Shelby Mustangs) for Ford which he modified during the late-1960 and early-2000. He established Shelby American Inc. in 1962 to manufacture and market performance vehicles. Shelby passed away in 2012 at age of 89 but his legacy lives on in his cars:

Besides the cars there were a couple of other things at the center:

You could take a look inside the garage as they were restoring cars

Carroll Shelby was a true American icon and pioneer. His car designs are legendary. I was so glad to visit his museum.

A cut out of Carroll Shelby

Monday, October 9, 2017

UNLV-San Diego St: Vegas Strong

I went to the UNLV-San Diego St football game At Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday. I had planned this trip more than a month ago. Then the tragic events of  eight days ago happened and the game took on a little more meaning. The game became a healing process for a community. We think of Vegas as a tourist place but we forget that a lot of people live, work and go to school there. It is a community much like any other in the country. So this post is dedicated to all of those who were killed, wounded or there the night of the shootings, to all the first responders, police officers, medical people and anybody else to did anything in response and finally to the community of Las Vegas:

UNLV players walking out to the field silently before the game

UNLV wore special helmets
Ribbons were given out to all of those in attendance

White balloons were released in honor of the victims

There was a football game that was played:

UNLV lost to  San Diego St 41-10 but the game was secondary as it part of the healing process of the Las Vegas community.